CLASSIC BRITISH DRAMA
DVD AND BOXSET GIFT IDEAS
There are many forgotten classics here, so why not treat yourself to a DVD and have a cosy night in watching your favourite series from years gone by, or a series you never got around to watching but always wanted to!
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A Family At War
A Very Peculiar Practice
The Beiderbecke Trilogy
Boys From The Blackstuff
This gritty drama dealt with the struggles and pain of living in a bleak, recession-hit Liverpool during the early 80s. This series truly captured the essence of what it was like to be working class living under the Thatcher government.
The best-remembered character was Yosser Hughes (brilliantly played by Bernard Hughes), whose poignant catchphrases "Give us a job" and "I can do that" were, somehow, both humourous and very sad at the same time.
In this follow-up to the ITV Strangers series (see further down the page) the scruffy (and now retired) gravelly-voiced cop George Bulman (Don Henderson) should have been mending clocks in his antiques shop. However, he couldn't resist teaming up with a university drop-out Lucy McGinty (Siobhan Redmond) who is addicted to criminology, to form a private detective agency. This is certainly one of those quality eighties TV series that you rarely see these days.
Edward & Mrs Simpson
The Duchess of Duke Street
The Forsyte Saga
The Onedin Line
This is a chilling drama that certainly packs a punch, and doesn't hold back on showing us what could so easily have been a sickening reality at the time.
The Singing Detective
We'll Meet Again